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Friday, 16 October 2015

Preview: American Idiot at Sunderland Empire



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 NORTH EAST X-FACTOR STAR AMELIA LILY TO STAR IN GREEN DAY MUSICAL

American Idiot – the Muscial
Sunderland Empire
Tuesday 24th – Saturday 28th May 2016

Green Day’s explosive, Tony Award® winning Broadway musical American Idiot, will now embark on a national tour from 19 March 2016, following on from its hugely successful and critically acclaimed West End run, which is currently running at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square until 22 November 2015. Read the North East Theatre Guide review of the West End show: LINK 

Middlesbrough-born Amelia Lily (X-Factor) will be reprising her critically acclaimed role, Whatsername, from 5 April at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, before heading back to the North East to play Sunderland Empire from 24-28 May 2016. Full casting to be confirmed in due course. 

Amelia Lily
Photo: Darren Bell
Amelia Lily said “I’m super excited to be coming back to the North East with American Idiot! I’ve always wanted to perform at the Sunderland Empire! I’ve seen many shows there in the past and can’t wait to perform there next year with such a cool show!”

Amelia added “It’s been an amazing experience playing Whatsername in the West End and now I get to do it all over again next year around the UK, bringing this incredible show to a wider audience who haven’t had a chance to see it in London!”

Amelia Lily
Photo: Darren Bell
American Idiot is directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with designs by Sara Perks, lighting by Tim Deiling, sound by Chris Whybrow and musical supervision by Richard Morris.

The musical features the music of Green Day with the lyrics of its lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong, and book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. The production is being directed and choreographed by Racky Plews, with musical supervision by Richard Morris, sound by Chris Whybrow, design by Sara Perks and lighting by Tim Deiling. 

Amelia with the West End cast
Photo: Darren Bell
American Idiot is the story of three boyhood friends, each searching for meaning in a post 9-11 world. Winner of two Tony Awards® and the 2010 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Show Album, American Idiot premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in September 2009, moving onto a critically acclaimed Broadway run in April 2010.

Its hit songs include “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track “American Idiot” from Green Day’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album. Also included are several songs from Green Day’s 2009 release “21st Century Breakdown,” and an unreleased love song, “When It’s Time.”

American Idiot The Musical is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

The West End cast
Photo: Darren Bell
Amelia Lily (Whatsername) is a singer who finished third on the eighth series of The X Factor in 2011, mentored by Kelly Rowland. Her debut single, "You Bring Me Joy", was released in 2012 and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, while her follow-up singles "Shut Up (and Give Me Whatever You Got)" and "Party Over" (both 2013) reached the top 20 and the top 40 respectively. Amelia made her West End  debut, earlier this year, in American Idiot the musical and previously starred as the Narrator in the UK tour of Joseph And His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Running time:                                  1hr 40 mins plus interval

On The Web:
Website:                       www.americanidiotthemusical.co.uk
Twitter:                          @ukamericanidiot
Facebook:                   American Idiot UK
Instagram:                            ukamericanidiot

Tickets:
Tickets on sale now and are available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, from the Ticket Centre on 0844 871 3022* or online at www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland *
*Calls cost 7p per minute plus your standard network charge. Booking fees may apply to telephone and online bookings

Tour:

AMERICAN IDIOT - THE MUSICAL
DIRECTED BY RACKY PLEWS
UK NATIONAL TOUR

CURVE THEATRE LEICESTER 14 –  26 MARCH
0116 242 3595

PALACE THEATRE MANCHESTER 4 – 9 APRIL
0844 871 7627

NEW THEATRE CARDIFF 19 – 23 APRIL
01392 72 63 63

THE KINGS THEATRE PORTSMOUTH 26 – 30 APRIL
0239 282 8282

NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE BIRMINGHAM 10 – 14 MAY
0844 871 3011

EXETER NORTHCOTT THEATRE 18 – 22 MAY
0139 272 6363

SUNDERLAND EMPIRE 24 – 28 MAY
0844 871 3022

KING’S THEATRE GLASGOW 31 MAY – 4 JUNE
0844 871 7648 







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